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Olympus Introduces the World's Only Integrated Bipolar and Ultrasonic Energy Platform
Date:3/20/2012

CENTER VALLEY, Pa., March 20, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Olympus, a precision technology leader in designing and delivering innovative solutions in Medical and Surgical Products, among other core businesses, today announced FDA clearance of its revolutionary THUNDERBEAT hand instruments and universal surgical platform.

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THUNDERBEAT is the world's only surgical device that combines advanced bipolar and ultrasonic energies into a single multi-functional hand instrument allowing surgeons to simultaneously seal and cut vessels up to and including 7 mm in size with minimal thermal spread. Additionally, it boasts the fastest cutting speed, delivers reliable vessel sealing, and provides the highest grasping forces at the tip when compared to the leading energy instruments currently on the market.

"This is a significant advancement in surgical energy instrument technology," stated Charlie Goodwin, Group Vice President of Olympus' Surgical Business. "Previously, surgeons had to choose between the benefits of bipolar or ultrasonic energy when selecting an advanced energy instrument. THUNDERBEAT eliminates that difficult decision by combining both energies into a single multi-functional instrument," added Goodwin.

THUNDERBEAT, when combined with the versatility of the ESG-400 electrosurgical generator, is the only surgical tissue management system that delivers every common form of energy used in surgery today (monopolar, bipolar, ultrasonic and advanced bipolar) as well as the revolutionary combination of advanced bipolar and ultrasonic energies. This will appeal to hospital administrators interested in the cost savings associated with standardizing on a single energy platform as it could reduce the number of discrete systems required in any given surgical procedure. Additionally,
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